We often rely on volunteers to assist us in our work. We welcome assistance with clerical and administrative tasks, and fluent Spanish speakers are particularly encouraged.
For those interested in helping, please read the information about volunteering at your nearest office below:
- UVA undergraduate Students – We staff our volunteer opportunities for UVA undergraduate students through Madison House. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact Madison House directly.
- UVA Law Students – We offer several opportunities for law students to volunteer their time and gain experience working side-by-side with our attorneys.
- Summer Law Internship Program – We offer an unpaid 10-week/400-hour summer law internship program. Interns who can identify private funding for their time are encouraged to apply, and we offer assistance with applications. We also accept applications for individuals seeking early decision on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating which Legal Aid Justice Center Program is most appealing to you, a resume, and a brief writing sample.
- School year and winter break opportunities – We partner with the UVA Law School’s Pro Bono Program to match UVA volunteer law students with volunteer projects. For more information about these opportunities, please log on to the UVA Law School’s GoodWorks page.
- Virginia attorneys who wish to accept pro bono case referrals are encouraged to register at JusticeServer.org. Complete information is available on our Pro Bono Page.
- The Legal Aid Justice Center values community support. Our ability to provide quality legal representation depends on generous donations of time and money. In order to use these precious resources in the most effective way possible, we are only able to accept a limited number of volunteers for which we have the infrastructure and staff supervision to support. To inquire about current volunteer opportunities, please email us at email@example.com with a message stating your interest and abilities.
The Richmond office utilizes volunteers for a variety of task, projects, and general office support throughout the year. Our volunteer recruitment and application processes vary, depending upon your goals for the volunteer experience.
Law school students seeking a summer legal internship:
- LAJC has centralized this process across all of its offices. Recruitment begins each fall as we participate in multiple intern and career fairs hosted by law schools. The internship program typically begins the last week of May each year and lasts 10 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about summer legal internships contact your school’s career development office. If you are interested in learning more about summer legal internships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your career development office.
Undergraduate students seeking internship hours for one or more semesters:
- LAJC works with multiple institutions of higher education to place students within our offices. The Richmond office places interns annually, typically starting in the fall. If you are an undergraduate student*, the window for internship applications is July 1- August 15 each year. Please send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com. Please specify if you are seeking internship hours for a single semester or the full academic year. Following the review of applications, students will be selected for in-person interviews in late August/early September. The number of students selected for internships may fluctuate from year-to-year, depending upon our existing volunteer pool and program needs. A job description for undergraduate internships can be found here.
- *If you are a University of Richmond Bonner student, please contact your Bonner advisor for the application process specific to this program.
- We are always grateful for community volunteers with a passion for social and racial justice! Community volunteers may be asked to assist with general office support, fundraising events, or other special projects. We welcome volunteers who are fluent in languages other than English. Should you have these skills, you may also be called on to translate outreach materials or client communications. If you are interested in volunteering with us (and not affiliated with an undergraduate or law school program), please send an email expressing your interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Falls Church office provides civil legal assistance with respect to consumer, employment, and housing matters, and some limited immigration issues.
Volunteer opportunities at our office include seasonal internships, project-based activities (like working on a particular case or campaign), and discrete events. The number of volunteers we may require at any given time depends on our demand and available staff coverage. Most of our Falls Church office clients only speak Spanish, so a high level of Spanish fluency is required for most of our volunteering opportunities.
If you are interested in volunteering at our office, we encourage you to submit your most updated information on this volunteer expression of interest form. After your submission, you will be contacted accordingly once particular volunteer opportunities arise based on your preferences. You can read more about our available volunteer opportunities below the form.
STUDENTS: High School & Undergraduate
We offer two types of opportunities for high school and undergraduate students. When opportunities for these positions become available, individuals who have completed our volunteer expression of interest form will be notified:
- Intake Internship –provide front-line intake services for callers and walk-in clients seeking legal services. They answer phone calls, greet clients, conduct intake interviews, research community resources for referrals, serve as an interpreter and/or translator, and assist in other tasks as needed to support our attorneys and staff. Spanish proficiency is required. The internship can be hybrid to help fulfill a minimum 6-month commitment we request from volunteers (some hours can be completed remotely; some hours onsite).
- Organizing/Advocacy Internship – provide assistance to our community organizers, who work primarily to address the needs of the immigrant communities in Northern Virginia. Spanish proficiency is required.
- Both positions are unpaid.
STUDENTS: Currently in Law School
We offer two types of opportunities for law students. When opportunities for these positions become available, individuals who have completed our volunteer expression of interest form will be notified:
- Summer – Legal Internship – We offer an unpaid 10-week/400-hour summer law internship program. Proficiency in Spanish is required for summer interns in LAJC’s Falls Church office. (Most law student interns come to us through law school internship “fairs,” but we welcome interested law students to complete the volunteer form, too.)
- Semester – Legal Internship – We offer opportunities for students at DC-area law schools to work in our offices during fall and spring semesters.
- Both positions are unpaid. Interns are welcome to identify private funding for their time, we offer assistance with applications.
BILINGUAL OR MULTILINGUAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Legal Immigration Clinic – Support
We offer ad hoc opportunities to serve as interpreters and translators with our legal clinic. This opportunity is open to both students and legal professionals who are fluent in more than one language (including but not limited to English, Spanish, French, indigenous languages, etc). When opportunities for these positions become available, individuals who have completed our volunteer expression of interest form will be notified.
We offer several types of volunteer opportunities for lawyers.
- “Impact” cases (involving significant legal issues, and usually involving multiple clients) – We partner with private firms from the DC area in many of our larger cases, most recently including Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
- Individual cases – We sometimes refer individual cases – especially certain types of immigration matters – to private attorneys. Foreign language fluency is often required for these cases.
- If you are active and/or retired legal professional interested in exploring pro bono opportunities through our Falls Church office, please email a cover letter and resume that includes your availability and language ability to Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg.